The Times today reported on multiple cases where the NHS is forced to pay as much as £1500 for a pot of moisturiser.
The story focused on many cases where the NHS appears to have been overcharged for drugs called specials. Payment figures for more than a million prescriptions reveal huge disparities in the price the health service is paying for the drugs from a variety of manufacturers.
Currently the NHS only routinely records the name of the pharmacy dispensing each special and not the manufacturer, meaning it cannot monitor which suppliers inflate costs. This will change and from April the supplier details will also be recorded.
RPS President Ash Soni explains on BBC Radio 4 the high cost of custom made medicine for individual patients and why sometimes the NHS has no choice but to pay the high price.